A Jewish hockey player is suing the Anaheim ducks hockey team, claiming coaches with the team's East Coast Hockey League affiliate made several anti-Semitic remarks to him during his stint there, according to several media reports.
Jason Bailey filed a lawsuit Tuesday in Orange County, Calif., against the Ducks, the ECHL's Bakersfield Condors and coaches Martin Raymond and Mark Pederson. Reports indicate that Bailey is seeking unspecified damages for harassment based on his faith.
Bailey claims the Condors head coach told him "[Jews] only care about money and who's who" and that he "never wanted his son to be raised Jewish or wear a Yarmulke." Bailey also claims the assistant coach said, "I just got a friend request from a dirty Jew."
The lawsuit states that Bailey was forced to travel apart from the team and that he "was rarely given any ice time" because of his religion.
Bailey complained to the Ducks about the anti-Semitic remarks and the team then made the coaches write an apology letter to Bailey for using hurtful language and creating a hostile work environment.
Bailey, 23, was drafted by the Ducks in the third round of the 2005 draft and spent the 2008-2009 season in Bakersfield. The Ottawa native was then traded to the Senators in 2009.
Both the Ducks and the Senators declined to comment, according to reports.